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Curiosity Enlightened the Cat
This past weekend I went on a crazy history binge. I am not sure what the exact impetus was for this weekend’s binge, but in between naps and soccer, I learned about Lenin, Stalin, Robespierre, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, Mussolini, Thatcher, Putin, the KGB, Trotsky, Marx … and Gandhi and Mother Teresa, just because I was feeling a bit down after all of the heavy stuff! After watching these documentaries, I was astonished, appalled, downtrodden, disgusted, grateful, and amazed–all at the same time. I also couldn’t believe how ignorant I had been to these huge, huge influences on who we are today.
You see, in high school, I learned the same history over and over and over again–revolutionary war, Christopher Columbus, blah, blah, blah. In college, history wasn’t much more informative, and it definitely didn’t include much by way of recent history (or ancient history, for that matter).
Yet, after 9-11, stunned, confused, and without context for the events at hand, I embarked on a journey to educate myself about history. I started with two books: Lies My Teacher Told Me and A People’s History of the United States. I also became hooked on historical memoirs, as I figured there’s no better way to learn about the past than by hearing people’s viewpoints from the horse’s mouth.
In delving into my historical smorgasbord from this past weekend, I was able to identify patterns about humanity and themes of suffering and triumph that have heightened my sense of compassion, global compassion, and have also made me very grateful for all that I have right now–safety, support, health, stability, sustenance, and the like.
And it made me further realize the power of knowledge. ‘Curiosity didn’t kill the cat,’ I thought to myself, as I closed my computer for the night. Curiosity enlightens the cat. Curiosity makes the cat informed, compassionate, understanding, and most importantly, equipped with the knowledge and insight to prevent past atrocities from resurfacing in the present and in the future.
I’m kind of disappointed that I didn’t embrace history sooner, that this zeal for learning about the past is only just now taking hold, because what I learned in one short weekend has been nothing short of fascinating. It was like watching a really well-written movie, except all of the events were real. In fact, at times, they seemed surreal. The events that had transpired seemed almost impossible. But they weren’t impossible. They happened. And I supposed it’s better that I’m a curious cat now, than never at all…
Have a great day folks and see ya soon with our next Como Water video!